General campus history materials can be good sources of information about student life, activities, and sports. For sports stories, local newspapers such as The Daily Vidette and The Pantagraph may be useful sources. Below you'll find more sources on the following topics:
Garrett, Donald Edward. A History of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Illinois State Normal University. (1959)
Gallagher, Laura K. The History of Student Physical Recreation as it Evolved into Campus Recreation Services at Illinois State University. (1997)
Bloodworth, Bryan and Roger Cushman. 100 Years of Illinois State Redbird Basketball. (1998)
University Archives has films in VHS, beta, and 16-millimeter formats that document activities and events on campus.
VHS-format videotapes include images of the university from the 1980s and 1990s. Sample titles include the following.
A set of beta-format videotapes also includes images of the university from the 1980s and 1990s. These tapes consist of campus shots varying in length from a few minutes to nearly an hour. University Archives maintains a paper index of these tapes organized by subjects such as "Campus General Wide Shots," "Campus Building Exteriors," "Classes," "Residential Life," and "Sports."
A set of 16 millimeter films documents campus life from the 1947 homecoming celebration through the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. A film list is available at University Archives.
Graybill, Elaine. "A Peak Behind the Beak: Memoirs of the First Reggie Redbird." Illinois State 1 (Summer 2000): 12-15.